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Effective teaching strategies

  1. Effective Teaching Strategies
  2. For each characteristic, there are implications for you, the trainer.
  3. Learning Pyramid* * National Training Laboratories for Applied Behavioral Sciences, Alexandria, VA.

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  1. Effective Teaching Strategies
  2. Creating Food-Safe Schools Requires training other members of your team. Trainings will vary depending on target population. A variety of teaching strategies are needed to be effective.
  3. Selected Strategies for Successful Trainings Principles of Adult Learning. Active Learning. Instructional Strategies.
  4. Principles of Adult Learning Need to know how adults learn best. Adult learners have special needs. Six characteristics of adult learners.
  5. Adult Learners . . . Are autonomous and self-directed. Have a foundation of life experiences and knowledge. Are goal-oriented. Are relevancy-oriented. Are practical. Need to be shown respect.
  6. For each characteristic, there are implications for you, the trainer.
  7. • Actively involve participants. • Serve as their facilitator, rather than teacher. • Find out what the participants want to learn before designing the training.
  8. • Recognize the value of experiences and knowledge participants bring to the training. • Encourage participants to draw on their experiences and knowledge related to the topic.
  9. • Be organized. • Have clearly defined goals, objectives, and agenda for the training. • Early in the training, show participants how it will help them achieve their goals.
  10. Make sure participants see the relevance of the training, as well as individual activities and topics. (This relates to having clearly defined objectives that are stated early in the training.)
  11. Tell participants explicitly how the training and individual activities will be useful to them on the job.
  12. Make sure to recognize participants’ knowledge, and treat them like equals rather than subordinates.
  13. Implement active learning strategies in your trainings. The more actively engaged the learners are, the more learning takes place. Keep in mind that different instructional methods have greater rates of retention.
  14. Ask: How many of you learn best through lecture? This pyramid demonstrates the proportion of people who learn best from selected instructional methodologies. Most of us learn best when we’re actively involved in the learning process (discussion groups, practice, teaching others).
  15. There are several strategies you might want to consider depending on your audience and the purpose of your training. Some of the strategies are particularly relevant for food-safe schools. For example, role-playing could be incorporated by having participants practice talking to a teacher, administrator, or someone else about a particular problem that’s occurring. Several of these strategies are included in the activities in this training manual.
  16. Simulation: Create a simulation of an event, such as a foodborne illness outbreak, and practice responding to it. Case Study: Have participants tackle a foodborne illness scenario that has taken, or could take place at your school, and explore how to deal with it.
  17. Regardless of whom you are training, you will need to follow the principles of adult learning theory and active learning. Portions of this training have provided examples of some active learning strategies you might want to include in your own trainings.